The decisions we are making in Washington state are based on one central truth: We are all in this together.
Yesterday, I joined my fellow governors in Oregon and California to commit to a shared approach toward reopening our economies that will prioritize residents’ health through decisions guided by science. And last week, I announced that the state of Washington will return more than 400 ventilators and that the field hospital at CenturyLink will be dismantled and redeployed so that states facing dire situations — like New York — can access the supplies and hospital beds needed to save countless lives.
This fight knows no state or national boundaries. The only way we will defeat this is by working together.
Make no mistake, we are still facing a serious situation here in Washington. But the data shows that our actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have had a powerful impact. The sacrifices we’re all making are working, and this allows us to help other states who need it.
We haven’t beaten this virus yet. And to do that, all of us are going to have to stay committed to the task before us.
Together, we must remain committed to being safe and helping one another. We will continue to stay home, wash our hands, and maintain social distancing. Because of all of us, there’s hope, and hope spreads.
We’re all in this together.
Very truly yours,